Visiting Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari in Modena, Italy

One of the most pleasant surprises of my recent trip to Emilia-Romagna, Italy was visiting the Enzo Ferrari Museum. Typically museums are not really my thing. I prefer to be out and about wandering a destination on foot. Also, I’d rather be devouring local dishes and checking out markets.

An exhibit inside the Enzo Ferrari Museum
The welcome exhibit inside the Enzo Ferrari Museum.

I’ve had a bit of time to reflect on my visit. I now realize that one of the main reasons I enjoyed the Enzo Ferrari Museum so much is that it is not your typical museum.

Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari

The Enzo Ferrari Museum shaped like a ferrari engine in Modena, Italy
The Enzo Ferrari Museum is shaped like a ferrari engine hood.
A close-up shot of the wheel of a racing car at the Enzo Ferrari Museum
A close-up shot of the wheel of a racing car at the Enzo Ferrari Museum.

Car Enthusiast Museum

What captured my attention before I even set foot inside the building, was just how sleek the design of the Enzo Ferrari Museum is. The main exhibition hall, which was designed by Jan Kaplicky, is shaped to resemble a Ferrari engine hood and it is striking.

Officially known as ‘Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari’ this 6000 square meter museum in Modena is dedicated to the life and work of Enzo Ferrari. And it features a mix of rare racing cars from the 1950’s. As well as more modern cars from Formula One, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Because my experience at this museum began with food.

Considering my trip to Italy was focused around food and drink, I wasn’t surprised when our first order of business was to sit down for a coffee and a gelato. The Italians have got it right when it comes to easing your way into an experience by first making sure you’re well fed and caffeinated. Then, it was time to see the cars.

A rear shot of the racing car at the Enzo Ferrari Museum
A rear shot of a racing car at the Enzo Ferrari Museum.
A close-up shot of the rear lights of a vintage ferrari car
A close-up shot of the rear lights on a vintage Ferrari.
Fine workmanship of a Ferrari
The fine workmanship of a Ferrari.

Museum Experience

Although I wouldn’t consider myself a car aficionado, I have to say that having the opportunity to get up close with all the different Ferraris really gave me a better appreciation for the style, sophistication and pure muscle behind each vehicle. Seeing these cars up close and in person, I totally understand why someone would aspire to own one!

I found myself fascinated by some of the older racing cars. And vintage ones from the 70s. Going for a spin in one of those must have been a real thrill. Most of the time I think of transportation as getting from point A to B. But when you’re doing it in style and comfort, it is an entirely different experience. I got to ride one last year in Las Vegas on an ‘exotic car’ tour. That gave me a little taste of what’s out there.

History of the Ferrari

Above is a brief video about the history of a Ferrari. What a past!

If you can’t get your hands on a Ferrari, one cool thing that you can do at the museum is to hop inside the F1 Simulator. This allows you to experience driving a Ferrari single-seater on the Monza Track (other options include Silverstone and Imola), and react to the conditions on the road by accelerating and breaking. A seven-minute ride costs € 25.00. Much cheaper than signing your name on a dotted line.

A rear view vantage point of one of my favorite cars at the Enzo Ferrari Museum
A rear view vantage point of one of my favorite cars at the Enzo Ferrari Museum.
The inner-workings of a vintage Ferrari car
The inner-workings of a Ferrari.
The iconic Ferrari logo at the Enzo Ferrari Museum
The iconic Ferrari logo at the Enzo Ferrari Museum.

Final Thoughts

However, what I enjoyed most at the Enzo Ferrari Museum was their current exhibition “Red Carpet” which pays homage to international films and TV shows. These are programs that have showcased Ferraris over the years. They had models from Miami ViceGone in 60 SecondsMagnum P.I., and more. And who can forget the iconic Ferrari in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? The mere thought of damaging such a prized possession makes me feel anxious.

Lastly, one thing that I found especially refreshing is that unlike a typical museum that features a laundry list of rules. No flash, no photo, no video! -The Enzo Ferrari Museum encourages its guests to take photos of the exhibits. And to share those on social media: (#MuseoFerrari, @MCEnzoFerrari). So snap away! Even if you’re not a car buff, I feel the Enzo Ferrari Museum is something that everyone can enjoy.

Ferrari logo close-up shot of a wheel at the Enzo Ferrari Museum
Close-up shot of the Ferrari logo on a wheel at the Enzo Ferrari Museum.
Wheel perspective shot of a Ferrari car at the Enzo Ferrari Museum
Wheel perspective shot of a Ferrari at the Enzo Ferrari Museum.
High vantage point shot of a Ferrari exhibit at the Enzo Ferrari Museum
High vantage point of the ‘Red Carpet’ Ferrari exhibit at the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena.
Number 14 of a vintage Ferrari car at the Enzo Ferrari Museum
Number 14 on a vintage Ferrari.
Low vantage point of a vintage Ferrari racing car
Low vantage point of a Ferrari racing car.
The iconic Ferrari white letters on a red background
The iconic lettering on a red background.

Visiting Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari:

  • The museum in Modena is open year round from 09.30 to 18.00 (April-October 09.30 to 19.00). It only closes on December 25 and January 1.
  • Tickets for adults are €15.00 and €5.00 for children.
  • The address is: Via Paolo Ferrari, 85, 41121 Modena MO, Italy

This post was brought to you as a result of the #EuroFoodTrip campaign. Created and managed by iambassador. In partnership with Costa Brava & Girona Pyrenees and Emilia Romagna Tourism. As always, all thoughts remain my own.

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  1. says: Nabi

    Well, it is a great museum. It offers to meet your curiosity. I have learned about the museum in another blog. Hope to visit. Ferrari is my favorite one. Thanks for your wonderful writings.

  2. says: Helga

    It is definitely not a typical museum! I’m just so excited now about my upcoming trip to Modena! My parents grew me up making me watch the F1 every single time. We never organized anything to do for the time of the race. They’ve been obsessed. And huge Ferrari fans… so after 26 years of F1 in my life, I just can’t wait to finally step inside the museum!

  3. says: Dainis

    Uh, this looks so stunning and exciting! I am going on a road trip to Italy next year and will definitely put this as must-see on my journey! I love cars and Ferrari!
    A side question for you as an experienced traveller – do you usually rely on tour guides, your own book guide or some other ways of knowing the history of places you visit? I have recently come across some nice sites like ( or ) that offer local people showing you around. I was wondering if these services are any good and if they would suit the “not so usual” take on countries and still be knowledgeable about the history of places. If you have an opinion, I’d love to hear it! Thanks!

  4. says: Sarah

    My brother would be very jealous 🙂 I know there are a few companies that also do multiple factory tours like lamborghini and pagani. So cool that you got to work with iambassador!

  5. Seeing this post is like being in Dubai again. I am not a fan of ferrari before but these types are different in so many levels. I am just curious, how fast they can get as compared to the regular vehicles we have on the streets.

  6. says: Raymond Carroll

    Hi Sam,
    I’ve never been to Italy but I really enjoyed looking and reading about the Enzo Ferrari Museum. I love Ferrari cars, they are so nice and one of my favourite designs for a car. Good post. Thanks for sharing!